Shana Tabak

Practitioner in Residence, International Human Rights Clinic

Office: Room 446A
Phone: 202-274-4313
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Shana Tabak is a Practitioner-in-Residence with the International Human Rights Law Clinic. Her teaching and research interests lie in the areas of Public International Law, Immigration and Refugee Law, Gender Justice and Civil Procedure. Prior to joining WCL, she taught at George Washington Law School’s International Human Rights Clinic where she was a Visiting Associate Professor of Clinical Law and Friedman Fellow. Previously, she served as a law clerk for H.E. Bernardo Sepúlveda-Amor at the International Court of Justice in The Hague.

Professor Tabak has worked with numerous human rights organizations in Latin America and the Middle East, including Human Rights First in New York, and Gisha: Legal Center for Freedom of Movement in Israel. Her immigration and refugee experience includes work with immigrant women and girls fleeing gender-based violence at the Tahirih Justice Center in Washington, DC, and on behalf of Iraqi refugees with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in Amman, Jordan. She has also worked with the Inter-American Commission for Human Rights, and with the law firm Foley Hoag. Professor Tabak was a Fulbright Scholar in Bolivia, where she conducted independent research on migration, human rights and development.

She has published with the New York University Journal of International Law and Politics, the Georgetown Journal of International Law, and the Harvard Journal of Law and Gender, and has spoken on transitional justice and gender at Oxford University.



Areas of Specialization

  • Civil Procedure
  • International Law
  • International Human Rights
  • Immigration Law
  • Gender and the Law

Degrees & Universities

  • LL.M., George Washington University Law School (anticipated 2014)
  • J.D., Georgetown University Law Center
  • B.A., Macalester College

  • Selected Publications

    • Shana Tabak, Armed Conflict and the Inter-American System of Human Rights: Application or Interpretation of International Humanitarian Law, in Applying International Humanitarian Law in Judicial and Quasi Judicial Bodies: International and Domestic Aspects (Derek Jinks, Jackson Maogoto & Solon Solomon eds., T.M.C. Asser Press 2014).
    • Shana Tabak & Rachel Levitan, LGBTI Migrants in Immigration Detention, 37 Harvard J.L. & Gender 1 (2014).
    • Shana Tabak, False Dichotomies of Transitional Justice: Gender, Conflict and Combatants in Colombia, 44 N.Y.U. J. Intl. L. & Pol. 44 (2011).
    • Shana Tabak, Article 124, War Crimes, and the Development of the Rome Statute, 40 Geo. J. Intl. L. 1069 (2009).
    • Shana Tabak, Una Cruzada de Cien Años, J. del Centro de Estudios y Económicas, La Universidad de San Simon (Spring 2004).